South Australian Government Schools are very excited to welcome 100 students from Pernambuco, a state in the north-east region of Brazil. These students, aged between 16-18 years, have travelled to South Australia on a study abroad program called ‘Win the World’, which is sponsored by the Pernambuco state government and rewards academic excellence by students from disadvantaged backgrounds. South Australia and Tasmania were the two chosen destinations for this two-term (six month) study abroad program.
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As Brazil prepares for the 2014 Soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, the Pernambuco state government recognises the importance of foreign language skills, particularly English, as a vital priority for receiving tourists as well as increasing international commerce in the future.The Brazilian students will be hosted by 33 high schools throughout metropolitan Adelaide and regional South Australia, each hosting 2-3 students. As part of their program, students will stay with local South Australian homestay families who will help them settle into their new environment, support them in their studies and show them as much of our state as possible.
Warm welcome to South Australia!
Arriving into Adelaide International Airport on a warm summers evening, wearing their ‘Win the World’ t-shirts and accompanied by representatives from Gran Via Agencia De Viagens E Tourismo Ltda and the Pernambaco state government, students were greeted by their homestay families waving Australian flags and the sight and sounds of the lively samba band, SaSamba, and dancers, Las Chicas Bomba. The whole of the airport was unable to resist moving to the beat of the samba drums!
Ready for South Australian adventures
During their stay in South Australia, students will have the opportunity to meet up and exchange stories of their Australian adventures with their fellow students, homestay families and the South Australian Brazilian community. Upcoming events include a Homestay family picnic in February in the beautiful South Parklands in the city of Adelaide and an Aussie BBQ in April at Cleland Wildlife Park where they can feed a kangaroo, hold a koala or catch a glimpse of a kookaburra.
We wish our Brazilian students the best of luck with their time studying in a South Australian government school and hope they can take many memorable experiences home with them.